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Every so often, some of the local comic creators, shop owners and geeky media types around the region where I live get together for breakfast at a neighborhood cafe. One of the topics of conversation at a recent meet-up was the late, great Jack Kirby, the cocreator of the Avengers, the X-Men and countless other iconic comic book characters. At the time, the local comics crew was in the midst of organizing a fundraiser in honor of Kirby's birthday, and at one point some of the people present – possibly due to the obscene amount of coffee that had been consumed – began running through a checklist of characters created by the legendary creator known as “The King.” It became a game of sorts, with everyone naming off a Kirby-created character, one after...
- Rick Marshall
"...'Clint Barton', orphaned at an early age, escaped the orphanage with his older brother 'Barney' falling in with a traveling circus.
"Needing food and shelter, Clint and Barney decided to work for the performers.
"Two performers, 'Swordsman' and 'Trickshot', saw potential in Clint and took him under their wing. Trickshot taught Clint archery while Swordsman taught Clint acrobatics and knife throwing.
"One night Clint overheard that a great sum of money had been stolen from the ringmaster the night before. He finds out it was stolen by the Swordsman. Swordsman was quick to offer Clint a »
- Michael Stevens
The Scarlet Witch and her brother 'Quicksilver' were part of the 'second generation' of Marvel's "The Avengers" comic book team.
She is the daughter of 'Magneto', twin sister of Quicksilver and paternal half-sister of 'Polaris'.
The character has featured in four decades of Marvel continuity.
Scarlet Witch starred in two self-titled limited series with husband the 'Vision' and as a regular team member in "Avengers".
Scarlet Witch has also appeared in other Marvel-endorsed products including animated films, arcade/video games, television series and merchandise, »
- Michael Stevens
Although her film introduction was cut from director Joss Whedon's "The Avengers", fans are hoping that Marvel Comics character 'Janet Van Dyne' aka 'The Wasp', a founding member of the "Avengers" comic book team, will cameo in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron", considering her daughter 'Hope Van Dyne' (Evangeline Lilly) appears in Marvel Studios' currently shooting "Ant-Man" feature:
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, 'The Wasp' debuted in Marvel Comics' "Tales to Astonish' #44 (June 1963), with the ability to shrink to a height of several centimeters, grow to giant size and fly by means of insectoid wings :
"...'Janet Van Dyne' was a shallow, self-centered, heiress and debutante, daughter of wealthy scientist 'Vernon Van Dyne'.
"During an experiment an alien monster was unleashed from an alternate dimension and Dr. Van Dyne was killed.
"Her father's associate, 'Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym', had created a substance called 'Pym' particles, which »
- Michael Stevens
(Cbr) "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will introduce another established Marvel Comics character in its second season: Crusher Creel -- better known as the Absorbing Man -- will be played by Brian Patrick Wade, as revealed Thursday on Marvel.com. Though Marvel's announcement refers to the character by his civilian identity, it looks like his namesake powers are intact: "With his ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches, Creel will put Coulson and his team through their paces when their second season kicks off." The character will debut in the show's second season premiere next month, but Marvel has not specified if there's a plan for Wade to appear in more than one episode. The Absorbing Man is one of Marvel's longest-running villains, introduced by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965's "Journey into Mystery" #114. Frequently depicted targeting Hulk, Thor and the Avengers as »
- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources
"I have a multi-picture deal," said Kretschmann, "which means I will not only appear in the 2nd part, but they're planning with me for a longer period of time..."
'Baron Wolfgang von Strucker', a former Third Reich officer, is one of the leaders of 'Hydra', an enemy of 'S.H.I.E.L.D.', the 'Avengers and the interests of the free world in general. He has been physically augmented to be nearly ageless and seemingly killed in the past only to return to plague the world with schemes of world domination.
Strucker is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, swordsman and marksman. He is also a a master of disguise and excellent actor. »
- Michael Stevens
First reported by E! Online, the famed anchor will appear in the 12th issue of Marvel’s Black Widow series, by writer Nathan Edmonson and artist Phil Noto. Just like in real life, comic-book Cooper will be a news anchor, breaking a story on the titular heroine. While Black Widow, a.k.a. Natasha Romanova, has a relatively high profile as a member of the Avengers, her history as a covert operative means there are plenty of »
- Joshua Rivera
Sony clearly has big plans for its Spider-Man franchise, but how will it pan out? Seb looks at what we know, what might happen, and more...
Now that the dust has begun to settle on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’s about time to look forwards once more to what Sony’s Spider-franchise might have in store for us. With ambition far beyond simply producing solo Spider-Man films one after the other, the studio is apparently determined to build an entire franchise out of one set of character rights – it’s a bold stance, but one that will clearly require some creative lateral thinking when it comes to who they manage to make a hero out of.
Let’s take a look, then, at what we know about the future Spidey tie-ins, and for good measure what we can speculate about endlessly...
What’s definitely happening
A few months ago, »
Actress Adrianne Palicki, the former 'Wonder Woman' for producer David E. Kelly's TV pilot of the same name, has been cast in the second season of "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." as Marvel Comics' character 'Bobbi Morse', aka 'Mockingbird':
In subsequent publications, creators including Roy Thomas, Len Wein, Neal Adams, Mike Friedrich, Archie Goodwin, George Evans, Steven Grant and Mark Gruenwald also made significant contributions to the development of the character.
Mockingbird appeared as a regular character throughout the 2010-2013 New Avengers series, from issue #1 (August 2010) through its final issue #34 (January 2013).
While she has no superpowers, Mockingbird is a trained 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' agent who graduated at the top of her class, proficient in several forms of »
- Michael Stevens
Sneak Peek a new synopsis for Marvel Studios' currently filming feature "Ant-Man", set for a North American release July 2015, directed by Peyton Reed ("Bring it On"), starring Paul Rudd as 'Scott Lang' aka 'Ant-Man', Michael Douglas as his mentor 'Dr. Hank Pym' and Evangeline Lilly as 'Hope Van Dyne', the daughter of Pym:
"Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world..."
- Michael Stevens
Rudd plays conman Scott Lang who must help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his Ant-Man suit, which gives the ability to shrink in scale and increase his strength. Using the suit, the two plan to pull off a heist that will save the world.
Marvel started principal photography Aug. 19 in San Francisco with Peyton Reed at the helm. Much of the film will shoot in Atlanta.
See Also: Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ Back on Track as Filming Starts in San Francisco
“Ant-Man” will be released July 17 and will be the first time one of Marvel Comics’ original founding members of the Avengers is introduced on the bigscreen. The character first appeared in Marvel’s comicbooks in 1962.
- Marc Graser
"...with 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' destroyed and the 'Avengers' needing a break from stopping threats, 'Tony Stark' creates 'Ultron', a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence, who can assess threats and control Stark's 'Iron Legion'.
"However, things quickly go awry when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets out to eradicate them from Earth..."
She is the daughter of 'Magneto', twin sister of Quicksilver and paternal half-sister of 'Polaris'. »
- Michael Stevens
Taschen has announced a book marking Marvel Comics' 75th anniversary.
Comics veteran Roy Thomas is writing 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen (via Down the Tubes).
Former editor-in-chief Thomas has written a series of essays for the book.
Just a few days ago, Guardians of the Galaxy actor Vin Diesel teased fans (again) about The Inhumans, a film that’s been rumored to come down Marvel’s pipeline for quite some time. Now, it seems that the studio is finally moving forward with the project, which already has a script from Amber Lake scribe Joe Robert Cole. The next step is to take the script and find a filmmaker to bring the cosmic superhuman team to life.
For those unfamiliar with the characters, the Inhumans were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1975. Their history is filled with some confusing cosmic mumbo jumbo, but the basic idea is that they’re an advanced race of humans, who were genetically created by the Kree alien race millions of years ago. The Kree succeeded in creating a strain of humanity with extraordinary abilities, but abandoned their experiment due to »
- James Garcia
If anything's true of the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie, it's that you come out and instantly want more. Director James Gunn has already promised he'll have a sequel out in three years' time, but until that happens there's at least one other place you can look: the source material. Marvel's comics.
And rather than leave you to navigate the choppy waters of Marvel's continuity alone, we've put together this quick list of comics you might want to read to try and sate those Guardian cravings. Be warned. There are spoilers here…
A relaunch of the team starring the movie cast, this book features a full retelling of Star »
Before Guardians of the Galaxy ever made it into theaters, director James Gunn promised his sci-fi adventure would be filled with more Marvel references and cameos than any movie released to date. And the man did not disappoint. With this particular chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the studio is able to not only provide subtle nods for die-hard fans, but also set up more important elements in the overall arc being played throughout all of the movies. Here, we get to explore parts of the Marvel galaxy yet undiscovered on film, and some of the secrets and references are hard to notice on that first, second and even third viewing!
We've gathered nine of the coolest Guardians of the Galaxy Easter eggs for you here, which you may have missed. These mostly hint at a bigger universe to come. There are also inside jokes and references that tie in »
This interview originally ran on May 1, 2014. We are republishing it now in time for this weekend's Guardians of the Galaxy. With the possible exception of Stan Lee, no writer has thought about Spider-Man more than Brian Michael Bendis. The 46-year-old Marvel Comics scribe has penned hundreds of issues’ worth of stories about the web-slinger since launching the ongoing series Ultimate Spider-Man in October of 2000. That title just hit 200 issues, each of which was written by Bendis. In the meantime, he’s also featured Spidey in his decade-long run as writer of multiple Avengers series, as well as in several Marvel-wide crossover events. As you might infer, Bendis’s influence extends far beyond Spider-Man. He currently writes six monthly series, sits on a creative committee that offers consultation to the filmmakers behind the Marvel cinematic universe, and just got back from a company retreat where he helped the company »
- Abraham Riesman
In many ways, the origins of Guardians of the Galaxy are unlike those of earlier Marvel Studios properties. For one thing, neither Stan Lee nor Jack Kirby is responsible in any way but the most tangential (Together, Lee and Kirby created Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and the Avengers, as well as the X-Men and next year’s Ant-Man; separately, Kirby co-created Captain America with Joe Simon and Lee co-created Spider-Man with Steve Ditko). For another, unlike earlier Marvel Studios movies, this one is based on a property that, for all intents and purposes, is less
- Graeme McMillan
On the “Zero Day” of this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Image held a mini-Expo and announced a dozen new titles from creators, both popular or relatively unknown , including some new to writing or drawing for Image. These comics show that Image is the place where creators can roam free and write and draw crazy and interesting stories in a variety of genres. This freedom paid off big time as Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ sci-fi love story Saga continued to dominate the Eisner Awards. Part of Image’s commercial success is due to Robert Kirkman, especially The Walking Dead and the popular AMC television series it spawned. San Diego Comic Con showed that his comics have cross-media potential even before the first trade of a comic he is writing comes out.
1. Robert Kirkman’s Outcast Gets a Pilot
Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta’s Outcast #1 sold out its initial print run, »
- Logan Dalton
“This place may be the weirdest, craziest place I’ve ever been,” said actor James Spader (“Ultron”) on Comic Con. “It’s really fantastically crazy.”
Marvel brought their A game to the Hall H audience at Comic Con 2014. The studio’s biggest announcement on Saturday was the sequel to Guardians Of The Galaxy ahead of its release on Friday, Aug 1.
For those who couldn’t make it to San Diego, here’s a look at the panel from Avengers: Age Of Ultron where it was officially revealed that Josh Brolin will be seen and heard as the villain Thanos in director James Gunn’s Guardians film, as well as in future movies for Marvel Studios.
The stars of Avengers: Age Of Ultron signed autographs after the panel for the fans.
marvel studios – Avengers Comic Con Hall H Panel Part 1 from We Are Movie Geeks on Vimeo.
marvel studios – Avengers Comic »
- Michelle McCue
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